Here's a look at the week ahead for Sounders FC:
The heat is on for Seattle Sounders FC as the preseason scene shifts to Florida for the final training sessions prior to the MLS roster compliance date of March 1. Sounders FC has added a fourth training game to this week's schedule, giving the coaching staff one more opportunity to evaluate personnel before the final cutdown.
The Rave Green arrived at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla. on Friday night and has trained twice there before its first training game. Seattle plays FC Dallas on Monday afternoon and the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday morning in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Back in Bradenton, Sounders FC hosts the University of Central Florida on Thursday and the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The team returns home on Sunday.
Seattle is 2-1-1 in training games thus far. There were no games last week as the team trained twice at Starfire prior to its departure for Florida.
The regular season is now just over three weeks away. It begins on March 15 when Sounders FC hosts the L.A. Galaxy on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field in a match televised nationally on ESPN. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. PT.
Upcoming Training Schedule, February 21-28 (times are local & subject to change):
Monday, February 21 - Sounders FC vs FC Dallas, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla., 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22 - Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla., 11 a.m.
Wednesday, February 23 - Training at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla., 10 a.m.
Thursday, February 24 - Sounders FC vs University of Central Florida, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla., 4 p.m.
Friday, February 25 - Training at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla., 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 - Sounders FC vs Chicago Fire, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla., 2 p.m. Sunday, February 27 - Travel to Seattle
Monday, February 28 - No Training